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FortunaRomanReplicaofGreekfromFourthCenturyCEPhotoCreditSailkoThe ancient Roman Goddess Fortuna has been a very well known and popular Goddess since at least 640 B.C.E. From Her ancient origins, She survived throughout the Common Era and into contemporary culture. The Goddess Herself is perhaps best known now by Her symbol: the Wheel of Fortune.

Many temples were dedicated to Goddess Fortuna in ancient times and she took on different roles depending on the type of assistance requested by the petitioner. These different roles are represented in names describing Her various aspects; many of these aspects are also included in the names of Her festivals.

The Roman festivals of the Goddess Fortuna, as they have been handed down through the ages, are shown on the Calendar page of this website. 

In addition to Her festivals shown on the traditional Roman calendar, the Goddess Fortuna may have had numerous regional celebrations and She was greatly honored as a protective Goddess for cities throughout the ancient world

 

The large standing Fortuna statue image is a Roman replica of Greek Statue of the Fourth Century CE, from the New Wing Chiaromonte Museum of the Vatican MuseumsVatican City, Italy. Photo credit: Sailko

The seated Fortuna figurine image is a Fortuna Statue for Worship in the Home. Photo credit: image in the public domain via Wikipedia

Fortuna Statue for Worship in the Home image in the public domain via Wikipedia

 
Many different roles of the Goddess Fortuna are
 
 found in ancient inscriptions and dedications throught the Roman Empire, which eventually expanded the city of Rome to encompass all of Italy, and many parts of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Britain. 

Inscriptions to Fortuna Salutaris and Balnearis graced health-bringing baths. Fortuna-Venus embodies pure love, long-term relationships and marriage. 

Fortuna Privata assisted and protected personal life in the home. The Goddess Fortuna, in any of Her aspects, may be petitioned privately, silently or discreetly when the need or desire to pray arrives naturally.

 

 

Fortuna statue at Caesar's Palace Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Photo Credit Xaa Lee

The Large Fortuna statue image shown above slot machines is a Fortuna statue at Caesar's Palace Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Photo Credit Xaa Lee
 
In answer to the question whether anybody still believes in or prays to the Goddess Fortuna, the answer is Yes! She was the original "Lady Luck". Statues of the Goddess Fortuna appear in numerous casinos, as an inspiration of both fortune and good fortune for players.

Her symbol, the wheel of fortune, inspired a long-running USA television game show of the same name. Fortuna's wheel, which was popularized during the Italian Renaissance in a card game called " trionfi ",was an inspiration within the mystical Tarot cards.

Fortuna's affiliation with divination goes back thousands of years, when Her lottery, held for women and newborn babies at the grandest temple complex to Fortuna at Palestrina Italy, was nearly as famous as the Greek oracle of Apollo at Delphi.
 
 
 Fortuna by Josephine Wall
Within the NeoPagan faith, the Goddess Fortuna is recognized as the daughter of Jupiter and Juno of the Roman pantheon, and as the Oceanid Tyche, daughter of Titans Oceanus and Tethys, in the Hellenic pantheon.
 
As both Fortuna and Tyche, She is honored as a Goddess of good luck and good fortune within many branches of NeoPaganism, including the Goddess Spirituality, Reconstructionist such as the Religio Romana, traditional Italian Stregheria, Wicca, eclectic and other paths of Paganism practiced worldwide.
 
In ancient times the original strength of the Goddess Fortuna was good fortune in the home and away from home, traditional family values, and equal opportunities for people from all walks of life. She has been a shining light for women and children; for happiness and success in long-term relationships.

Aspects of Her divinity, from ancient times through contemporary interpretations, have been believed to bring many kinds of blessings.
 
Contemporary painting image is Fortuna by Josephine Wall published with artist's permission
 
Traditional painting image is Guardian Angel by Pietro da Cortona, image public domain via Wikipedia.
 
 
Guardian Angel by Pietro da Cortona image public domain via Wikipedia.
 
The Goddess Fortuna has been shown as an angel with wings, a regal figure on a throne, with a cornucopia filled with coins or harvest. 
 
Sometimes the Goddess Fortuna holds a wheel to show the turning of fate and fortune, a ships rudder, gently guiding our direction,  or sometimes the reins of a horse whose companionship protects and defends. 
 
The Goddess Fortuna may sometimes appear blindfolded. Perhaps She hears our prayers and sees our best solutions in the mind's eye without the distractions of the real world. 
 
It is our hope that the Goddess Fortuna will bring you inspiration, and a kind, gentle and meaningful image on which to focus during divine worship.    
 
 
 
 
 
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